Colonels fall to Hendrix in SAA volleyball quarterfinal

Colonels fall to Hendrix in SAA volleyball quarterfinal

MOUNT BERRY, GA. - The Centre volleyball team saw its 2017 season come to an end on Friday night as the Colonels lost to the Hendrix Warriors in four sets in the opening round of the Southern Athletic Association Tournament.

In the opening set, the Colonels grabbed the early lead and kept it for most of the frame until the Warriors stormed back with five consecutive points to tie the score at 18-18. Centre was never able to regain the momentum from this run, eventually falling by a score of 25-22.

The second set played out in a similar fashion, with Centre leading early and Hendrix utilizing a 10-1 run to take the lead for good. The Colonels would rally to cut the deficit to a single point, but the Warriors prevented the Colonels from getting over the hump, prevailing 25-20 to go up 2-0 in the match.

The Colonels trailed 19-16 in the third set and faced a straight set sweep, but responded in a big way, scoring six straight points, including a block and a kill from sophomore Keeley Morton (Bristol, Tenn.) to take the lead at 22-19. Centre held Hendrix at bay for the rest of the set to extend the match with a 25-23 win.

In the fourth set Hendrix would put the match away early, scoring the first ten points of the frame and never looking back, sealing the deal on the win with a 25-11 victory.

All-SAA performers Hailey Foote (Prospect, Ky.) and Peyton Vacala (Savannah, Ga.) led the Colonels in kills with 12 and ten, respectively. Freshman Kylie Cochran (Buckner, Ky.) led all players with 33 assists for the night. Vacala finished with a team high 17 digs, with Cochran and seniors Morgan Babey (LaGrange, Ky.) and Zoe Doubles (Troutville, Va.) each finishing with double digit digs.